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Comment Re:Forced Evictions... (Score 0, Troll) 344

I was not a huge fan of District 9, but to even consider the two in the same sentence when it comes to political commentary is just silly. District 9 was an overtly critical action flick, Avatar was platitude-filled garbage.
This decision had nothing to do with politics, just the Chinese film industry looking out for its own interests.

Comment Depends on definition of virus, (Score 4, Informative) 156

I was very excited about Voddler (I'm a Spotify premium subscriber, and a big movie buff, so it was just what I'd been waiting for), until I read about how the mac client works.
When installed it takes root access (in beta? how can that be safe?), and the server part never shuts down. That's right, when you're not watching a movie, you're still uploading. When you're out and about with your laptop and on a 3G tether, just checking your email and paying for data transfer, you're still uploading. When you have some real uploading to do (for work or whatever), the only way to turn off the Voddler sharing is to uninstall the server part, and then the client and player stops working.

No thanks.

Comment thoughts on 3d from a semi-pro filmmaker (Score 1) 296

3D scares the shit out of me. Every time filmmaking has had a similar introduction of new technology, the art of filmmaking has taken a huge step back.

When sound was introduced, films suddenly looked the way they did in the 1910s, except for european films that didn't record sound on location, and Chaplin, who continued making silent films.
When color was introduced to combat the introduction of TV-sets (much like 3D is only a gimmick to keep us from downloading movies), cinematography was fell back to where it was in the early sound era.
Early cgi confined the camera to be still.

I've seen some of the recent 3d films, and I'm not impressed. It's not about headaches or feeling nauseous, it's about how limiting it is to the filmmaker, there are so many tools you simply can't do in 3d (handheld, selective focus, superimposition, and so on). It's like telling a painter he can't use certain colors, or telling a composer he's no allowed to shift time signatures.

As someone who's hoping to direct his first feature film in the next ten years or so, I really hope no producer will tell me i have to make it in 3d because "that's the only way to make it sell".
The Internet

China Makes Arrests To Stop Internet Porn 204

thefickler writes "The Chinese Government is expanding a crackdown on Internet pornography. Xinhua news agency, which is owned by the government and can safely be used for reporting in China, says the campaign to scrub the country's Internet of 'vulgar' content has so far resulted in 29 criminal cases. Police have ordered the removal of 46,000 pornographic and other 'harmful' items from websites. The latest crackdown comes after official warnings of rising social unrest as the economy slows. It's no coincidence that this year is the twentieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square, or, to use the acceptable nomenclature, 'the June 4th incident.'"
The Courts

RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is False 141

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "According to a report on Wired.com, the RIAA spokesman claimed that the RIAA has not filed any new lawsuits 'for months,' and according to the Wall Street Journal report discussed here yesterday, the RIAA stopped filing mass lawsuits 'early this fall.' Knowing that the RIAA has a problem with telling the truth, I did a little investigating, and found out that the RIAA had, in fact, commenced a wave of lawsuits just last week. Why would anyone believe anything their spokesperson says? This is an organization that has a tendency to misspeak a lot, if you know what I mean, even when under oath." CNet has a copy of the RIAA's new form letter that it will ask ISPs to pass on to alleged copyright-infringing users. It says, in part, "This letter does not constitute a waiver of our members' rights to recover or claim relief for damages incurred by this illegal activity, nor does it waive the right to bring legal action against the user at issue for engaging in music theft."

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